Islamist media is reporting that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi has criticized the prison sentence imposed by Egypt on the deposed President Mohamed Morsi. According to the Middle East Monitor report:
Senior Muslim scholar Shaikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi has described the prison sentence given to Egypt’s first freely-elected President, Mohamed Morsi, as “unjust”, Alamatonline.net has reported. It was, he added, a “political” judgement.
Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his alleged involvement in the killing of two Egyptians in what is known as Al-Itihadiyyah incident. In fact, eight of his own supporters were killed on that day and his guards did not discharge their weapons even while protestors were attacking the presidential palace.
Describing the judges as having no sense of justice or any conscience, Shaikh Al-Qaradawi said that the number of unjust decisions by the Egyptian judiciary is on the increase. “The sword of the judiciary is still hanging over the citizens who protected the country,” he said in a public statement. The man responsible for killing thousands of Egyptian citizens in Rabi Al-Adawiyya and Al-Nahda Squares, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, is still free to kill and has not been brought to account, noted Al-Qaradawi.
He pointed out that Morsi, who refused to move from his rented apartment to the presidential palace when he was elected president and did not accept any salary, is behind bars, while Hosni Mubarak, his sons, his ministers and all of his aides have been set free despite their well-known crimes and corruption.
“Day after day,” said Shaikh Al-Qaradawi, “the Egyptian judiciary proves that it is politicised. With its unjust rulings, it has lost all of its trust.” Although the judiciary is but one of the three great institutions of state, the whole country is run by the military, he added.
The GMBDW reported last week that an Egyptian court had sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison without parole for the killing of protesters in December 2012.
In January, the GMBDW reported that Egypt had seized the assets of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi. In December 2013, the GMBDW was the first Western media to report that the international police agency INTERPOL had issued a “Red Notice” for Youssef Qaradawi which states that Qaradawi was “wanted by the judicial authorities of Egypt for prosecution / to serve a sentence.”
For a profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.